BRAND/JENAMA: VINTAGE GERMAN MADE UMF RUHLA GENTS WRISTWATCH
MADE IN/BUATAN: SWISS
CRYSTAL/CERMIN: ACRYLIC CLEAN / BERSIH TANPA CALAR
MOVEMENT/ENJIN: RUHLA 15 RUBIES H323 MANUAL WINDING MOVEMENT
DIAL COLOR: SILVER/PERAK
HANDS/JARUM: SILVER TONE/ PERAK
MARKERS/TANDA WAKTU: ARABIC & STICK/ARAB & RANTING
CASING : SOLID STAINLESS STEEL / KELULI SEPENUHNYA
MEASUREMENT/UKURAN: 36mm DIAMETER WITH CROWN and 42mm LUG TO LUG
DITANDA/ENGARVED BACK CASING: EDELSTHAL~WASSERGESCHUTZT
CROWN: SS/ KELULI
STRAP/TALI: NEW BLACK PU LEATHER / KULIT PU WARNA HITAM
SIZE STRAP/SAIZ TALI: 8.5"
DISCONTINUED MODEL & HARD TO FIND
PRICE/HARGA: USD70.00/RM250.00 (SPECIAL OFFER AFTER 30% DISCOUNT)
HISTORY OF UMF RUHLA WATCHES
Situated to the south of Eisenach in the Thuringian Forest, Ruhla is a traditional centre of the watch-and-clock industry and precision engineering.
a metal ware factory and finally started producing
pocket watches in 1892. Continuously expanding, the company
created an image for itself being one of the biggest and most
prominent clock manufacturers in Germany..
The first important invention was the pocket watch “Fearless” which became most successful on the Northern American market. Almost annually the Thiel company presented new developments, initially having a pin escapement mechanism
and a jack elevator only.
Bearing in mind the idea of decreasing crisis-proneness, the company decided to produce tools for the watch-and-clock industry as well as machine tools for the tool manufacturing industry on its own. The increasing number of customers in the metalworking industry eventually gave way to an own, independent engineering works.
However, clock manufacturing remained the most important field of work in the Thiels´ company, being able to offer a wide range of products.
based on an 18´clockwork was presented in 1922 (photograph).
The first 10´wrist-watches for women were sold in 1935, being part of the collections Venus and Darling respectively (photograph).
Due to the Thiels’ expropriation proceedings in 1945 and the foundation of a so-called nationally-owned company on May 1st, 1952, far-reaching changes took place after World War II.
Additionally, inexpensive wrist-watches, traveller’s alarm clocks and multi-jewel men’s, women’s and pocket watches went into production.
In 1963, the robust mechanical pin anchor clockwork Kal. 24 was developed, resulting in the highly-automated production of 120 million pieces – 25.000 pieces a day in peak hours.
This clockwork was finally employed in wrist-watches (photograph), pocket watches, traveller’s alarm clocks, stopwatches, auto-detention clocks for cars and small desk clocks.
Inventing the contact-controlled electric wrist-watch in the same year, and immediately applying for a patent on it, the Thuringian watch-and-clock industry confirmed its technical competence (photograph).
Thus, also in Ruhla the way was paved for the age of quartz clocks.
The large enterprise “Uhrenwerke Ruhla” split up in several private, highly specialized small and medium -sized businesses, among them our company “Gardé Uhren und Feinmechanik Ruhla GmbH” (“Gardé Watches and Precision Engineering Ruhla Ltd.”).
Set up as an MBO-enterprise on October 1st, 1991, Gardé was confronted with the loss of all transport routes of the former “Uhrenwerke”.
A completely new range of watches and precision engineering products was put forward. From 1993 onwards, a new generation of radio-controlled wrist-watches was worked on intensively.
Finally, the watch could be presented on the occasion of the fair in Basel in 1995.
In the meantime, several hundred thousand radio-controlled wrist-watches and modules had been delivered on the markets of Germany, the USA, Japan, France, Italy, Switzerland etc.
Being present at the permanent exhibition of timekeeping technologies in the “Deutsches Museum” in Munich is another indicator of the success and public esteem of Gardé´s radio-controlled wrist-watch engineering.